The diverse carriage collection provides a unique insight into a long vanished world of elegance. Many of the examples were made by the finest London coachbuilders, themselves the best in the world, who competed to meet the high standards required by their discerning customers.
The Grosvenor family ordered carriages from the renowned firms of Barker, Hooper and Lawton. The formal carriages, such as the State Coach, made in 1871 and Semi-State Landau, built in 1890, were kept at the family’s London home, Grosvenor House, with the majority being housed in Cheshire.
For all their many years of service their demise was swift, brought about by the introduction of the internal combustion engine and the motor car. The carriages lay idle until after the Second World War, when they were disposed of, finding their way to collections in America and Europe, with the family retaining a small number. In 1969 the 5th Duke of Westminster, wanted to see the collection reinstated, and so initiated the process of restoration. He commissioned John Richards to start a search, which lasted 36 years, for those carriages previously sold from the collection.
The Carriage collection can be viewed at the Eaton Hall Gardens Charity Open Days.